• New printer coming!

    Posted by Martyn Heath on February 16, 2024 at 6:58 am

    So i finally pulled the trigger on a new printer, my mutoh xpertjet sr pro is being delivered and installed next week. I have mixed emotions as its a big investment for me and i never buy new but nothing used has come my way and the head in my mutoh valuejet is getting to an unacceptable level. Replacing it in such an old machine doesnt seem wise.

    The old girl has done amazing tho, 2500 euros 6 years ago with onyx and few sets of inks. Over the years i had an enginner out the change the maintenance station but did it myself from them. A few headaches now and again but for the money its been a great investment.

    Now buying new im expecting to get 10yrs of trouble free work out of it . Unlikely i know!

    Hoping for a smooth transition but i’ve learnt to expect the unexpected so lets see how it goes.

    Martyn Heath replied 1 month, 3 weeks ago 6 Members · 20 Replies
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  • David Hammond

    Member
    February 16, 2024 at 9:24 am

    Yay new toy day!

    I know the feeling, excitement and apprehension.

    We bought a Roland a few years ago, and usually keep them for around 5 years, but ended up selling it after 2. I’m confident it paid for itself in that time, but not without it’s issues. We moved to the HP latex in August, and again it’s probably already earned more than what it cost to purchase.

    If it makes life easier for you, it’s got to be a good thing πŸ‘

    • Martyn Heath

      Member
      February 16, 2024 at 10:43 am

      Thanks david. Running without problems would make my life easier but only time will tell if thats the case.

      Getting more work in to make it pay for itself is now my real priority.

      Not much should change tho, supposedly a bit faster and better quality prints.

      • David Hammond

        Member
        February 16, 2024 at 11:20 am

        I don’t do stress, and when simple things turn into headaches I loose my head.

        The old machine put me off doing basic jobs that should have been bread and butter, I lost confidence in it. Now I’m the opposite and taking on more wraps, as I’m confident in the machinery.

        Speed hasn’t ever really been an issue for me, as it’s not that I’m a big print house, quality and usability for me. You might be able to nudge prices up a little to contribute towards the new machine. Mine aren’t running 24/7 but when they do, they are earning good money.

        • Martyn Heath

          Member
          February 16, 2024 at 11:55 am

          πŸ‘

  • Mark Johnston

    Member
    February 16, 2024 at 12:04 pm

    well done mate, it is always great to have some new kit or tools to play with. 😎

    • Martyn Heath

      Member
      February 16, 2024 at 12:24 pm

      Once i get over the shock of spending money i hope i can enjoy it πŸ˜‚

      • Mark Johnston

        Member
        February 16, 2024 at 2:20 pm

        🀣 sounds like me

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    February 18, 2024 at 7:24 pm

    Congratulations Martyn, nice one mate. πŸ‘
    I like it when new equipment and tools come into the workplace. More so when they are solving a problem or making your processes become easier and faster. It gives you a new lease of life and lets you focus on more important aspects of running your company. by that I mean, if your previous printer had issues, you are never fully comfortable with what you are doing, even though you are getting by.

    It’s good to see your business evolving mate, well done, Martyn.

    • Martyn Heath

      Member
      February 19, 2024 at 5:29 am

      Thanks Rob. Yes your right, on larger projects theres a little voice in your head saying “come on girl, just get me through this job”.

      πŸ˜‚

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    February 19, 2024 at 8:19 am

    We updated all of our kit 3 years ago, and it made a big difference, so hopefully, you should find that too. We did get 11 years out of our JV33, but it was really showing it’s age by the end.

    • Martyn Heath

      Member
      February 19, 2024 at 11:44 am

      was that 11 years from new Jamie?

      • Jamie Wood

        Member
        February 19, 2024 at 2:13 pm

        It was 11 years from new. I think our JV3 was 12 when it was retired.

        • Martyn Heath

          Member
          February 20, 2024 at 6:01 am

          Sounds like a reasonable innings πŸ‘Guessing you would have changed the head in this time

          • Jamie Wood

            Member
            February 20, 2024 at 7:55 am

            Yes, several times on each machine. The Epsons are much better on heads. Still on the originals after 3 & 4 years.

  • Karen White

    Member
    February 19, 2024 at 10:20 am

    wonderful news Martyn.
    it is very exciting when something as significant as a new printer is about to arrive. 😍

  • Martyn Heath

    Member
    February 22, 2024 at 9:18 am

    Well, here she is. All shiny and ready for work. Was relatively pain free, we have got some network problems but running straight from pc it is great. Great quality and substantially smaller than my older model which means more room for dancing.

    Now all i need is some work to come in 😬

  • David Hammond

    Member
    February 22, 2024 at 10:22 am

    Nice! Is it a front loading machine?

    A surprise bonus of us going to HP was the front loading, I didn’t give it much consideration, but the printer is now up against a wall rather that stuck out from it, and given me a much more usable space.

    • Martyn Heath

      Member
      February 22, 2024 at 12:01 pm

      No its not, but under 2 ft space at rear and its no problem. Gained around 800mm space in length which as you know will be taken over by piles of crap in no time

      • David Hammond

        Member
        February 22, 2024 at 12:05 pm

        Yes, namely cardboard tubes πŸ˜‚ I’m sure they keep breeding

        • Martyn Heath

          Member
          February 22, 2024 at 12:07 pm

          πŸ˜‚πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‚

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